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The government introduces concrete actions to advance economic reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples
January 30, 2024 – Ottawa, Ontario
Connecting rural and remote areas and advancing Indigenous economic reconciliation are top priorities for the Government of Canada.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced a new spectrum licensing framework that will provide access to unused licensed spectrum in rural and remote areas. This framework will encourage current licensees to expand their coverage or give new users the opportunity to put spectrum to use.
To advance Indigenous self-determination and economic reconciliation, the Government of Canada is also developing rules that will give Indigenous applicants priority access to this unused spectrum. The government has published a draft Indigenous Priority Window Spectrum Policy Framework that will be further developed through meaningful engagement with Indigenous Peoples.
The government will continue to pursue policies and put rules in place so that spectrum is put to use for the benefit of all Canadians. With these new measures, Canadians will benefit from better use of spectrum and improved connectivity in rural and remote areas.
“Spectrum is an important public resource that is a critical component of higher-quality and more affordable wireless telecom services. That’s why our government is committed to making more spectrum available and ensuring everyone can benefit from improved connectivity and the latest technologies.”
– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
“Access to reliable, high-speed Internet is a necessity for small, remote and Indigenous communities. Broadband Internet helps small businesses find new customers and makes it easier for people to connect with their loved ones and health care providers.”
– The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
“No matter where they live, Indigenous Peoples deserve access to reliable and affordable telecommunication services. Better connectivity for every Indigenous community will create economic opportunities and help us move forward on the path of reconciliation.
– The Honourable Gary Anandasangaree, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
Press Secretary and Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada